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Coach Holtmann shows he means business in suspension of Funderburk

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, suspended redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk Thursday for failure to meet team expectations.

Derek Funderburk


Funderburk, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, played his senior year of high school at Hargrave Military Academy. He redshirted in 2016-17 at Ohio State and has four years of eligibility remaining.

Holtmann is showing right away that he is setting the tone for how he wants players to carry themselves in his program more than any kind of serious off-the-floor transgression.

“I really want him to be successful overall,” Holtmann said. “He’s talented, but he has some work to do in some areas outside of basketball. I’ll let you guys kind of figure that out, but one of them is in the classroom. He has some definite work to do. When we see progress in that area, and significant progress, then we’ll reevaluate things. But we need to see and have to see definite progress.”




Kyle Young flips commitment to Butler; follows Coach Holtmann to Ohio State

Kyle Young (courtesy OSU Twitter page)

June 19, 2017

MBK: Kyle Young Joins Buckeyes for 2017-18 Season

Massillon native scored 1,582 career points and was a three-time All-Ohio selection


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kyle Young, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Massillon, Ohio, signed a financial aid agreement to join Ohio State for the 2017-18 season, head coach Chris Holtmann announced Monday. Young joins Braxton Beverly and Kaleb Wesson as newcomers for the 2017-18 campaign.


“We are very excited to add Kyle to the 2017 class,” Holtmann said. “His versatility, motor and work ethic make him a great addition to our program. We really look forward to getting him to campus to join his teammates.”


A Top 100 recruit nationally, Young was three-time All-Ohio selection, helping Massillon Jackson High School to the Division I state championship and a 28-2 record in his final season. As a senior, Young averaged a team-high 18 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field. In his junior campaign, Young scored 21 points per contest while grabbing eight rebounds per game. He finished his high school career with 1,582 points.


Young is the third newcomer to the Buckeye roster for the 2017-18 season, joining Beverly, a 6-0 guard from Hazard, Ky., and Wesson, a 6-9 forward from Westerville, Ohio.


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Ohio State wastes no time naming Butler’s Chris Holtmann as its new Men’s Basketball Coach


June 9, 2017


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Gene Smith, Ohio State senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation endowed athletics director, announced the hiring of Butler’s Chris Holtmann as the next head men’s basketball coach of the Buckeyes.


Holtmann, who completed his third year with the Bulldogs in 2016-17, has agreed to an eight-year contract with Ohio State worth about $3 million annually, Smith said. Final details of the deal are being finalized and will be released at a later date.


Smith said Holtmann fit the criteria he sought for the 14th head coach in Ohio State history.


“Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner,” Smith said.

Chris Holtmann OSU (photo by Zach Bolinger, courtesy Butler Athletics)


In three seasons at Butler, Holtmann compiled a record of 70-31 as a member of the BIG EAST conference. In six years as a head coach, which includes three years at Gardner-Webb (44-54), his career record is 114-85. His teams have won at least 20 games in each of the last four seasons, including a 25-9 record a year ago.


Butler advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all three seasons with Holtmann as the head coach. He was the 2016-17 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, the 2013 Big South Conference Coach of the Year and a Naismith National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2014-15.


Holtmann left a position as head coach at Gardner-Webb to become an assistant coach at Butler prior to the 2013-14 season. After one year as an assistant, Holtmann found himself back in the lead chair. He was appointed interim head coach and given the task of leading the Bulldogs through the start of the 2014-15 season. Three months later, on Jan. 2, 2015, Butler Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier removed the “interim” tag and named Holtmann head coach of the Bulldogs.

Holtmann served as head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons (2010-13), leading the North Carolina school through a successful rebuilding effort. He took the Runnin’ Bulldogs from eight wins in 2009-10 to a school Division I record 21 victories and a berth in the postseason tournament in his last year. Gardner-Webb won 10 of its final 11 games in 2012-13 and finished a game out of first place in the Big South Conference. For his efforts, Holtmann was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 3 Coach of the Year.

Prior to taking the head coaching position at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University under former Butler and Ohio State assistant John Groce. He helped build back-to-back top classes as recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats, and he was part of the staff that led Ohio to the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament title and an upset of No. 3 seed Georgetown in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Before his stint at Ohio, he served for five seasons as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb, including four seasons as associate head coach.

A native of Nicholasville, Ky., Holtmann was an NAIA All-American guard at Taylor University. He helped lead Taylor to a 25-9 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in 1993-94. He served as a graduate assistant coach at Taylor in 1997-98, spent one season as an assistant coach at Geneva College and then returned to Taylor as an assistant coach under head coach Paul Patterson. In his final two seasons at Taylor, the Trojans posted a 50-16 record, won back-to-back conference titles and ranked in the “Top 15” of the NAIA national poll.

Holtmann earned a degree in psychology from Taylor in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 2000.  He and his wife, Lori, have one daughter, Nora Jane.

2017 – Ohio State, Head Coach

2014-2017 – Butler University, Head Coach
2013-14 – Butler University, Assistant Coach
2010-13 – Gardner-Webb, Head Coach
2008-10 – Ohio University, Assistant Coach
2003-08 – Gardner-Webb, Assistant Coach/Associate Head Coach
1999-2003 – Taylor University, Assistant Coach
1998-99 – Geneva College, Assistant Coach
1997-98 – Taylor University, Graduate Assistant


Year Team Wins Losses Pct
2010-11 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 11 21 .344
2011-12 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 12 20 .375
2012-13 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs 21 13 .618
2014-15 Butler Bulldogs 23 11 .676
2015-16 Butler Bulldogs 22 11 .667
2016-17 Butler Bulldogs 25 9 .735
Totals 114 85 .573




Recruiting concerns leads Gene Smith to end Thad Matta era at Ohio State



61,828 Gene Smith on letting Thad Matta go as head basketball coach 6 5 2017

61,829 Thad Matta On his 13 years and thanks everybody 6 5 2017

61,830 Thad Matta On his legacy at OSU more than wins & losses 6 5 2017

61,831 Thad Matta Will he ever coach again 6 5 2017

61,832 Thad Matta On is the needed time away from coaching a must for him 6 5 2017

61,833 Gene Smith On why is the timing now to do this firing 6 5 2017

61,834 Thad Matta On does he agree with its time for a coaching change 6 5 2017

61,835 Gene Smith On when did he decide a change was needed 6 5 2017

61,837 Thad Matta On what will he miss the most about the job 6 5 2017

61,838 Gene Smith On does he have a timeline to win a new coach will be hired 6 5 2017

61,843 Thad Matta Did his health affect his coaching ability 6 5 2017

61,844 Thad Matta Gives detail about his back surgeries and injuries 6 5 2017

61,845 Thad Matta Has negative recruiting changed the landscape in college basketball 6 5 2017

61,852 Gene Smith On how important the 2018 Ohio basketball recruits will be for OSU to get 6 5 2017

MBK: Matta Era Ends at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gene Smith, Ohio State senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation endowed athletics director, announced Monday Thad Matta will no longer be the head men’s basketball coach. 


Matta, whose tenure spanned 13 seasons (2005-2017) is the all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history.

Thad Matta in 2009 By jmcmann, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia


His teams won at least 20 games in 12-consecutive seasons (2005-2016), also an Ohio State record.


The list of accomplishments for Matta’s Buckeyes is extensive.

Highlights include:

Two NCAA Final Four Appearances (2007, 2012)

Three NCAA Elite Eight Appearances

Five NCAA Sweet Sixteen Appearances

Seven Big Ten Tournament Title Game Appearances

Nine NCAA Tournament Appearances

10 NBA Draft Picks

11 First Team All-Big Ten Selections

150 Big Ten Regular-Season Wins (13th most in Big Ten History)

216 Home Wins, the most nationally from 2005-2017


Matta, the 13th head coach in Ohio State history, won five regular-season Big Ten titles and four league tournament crowns, the most championships of any league coach over the last 13 seasons.


A national search for the next Ohio State head coach will begin immediately.






Ohio State hires Meredith Paulicivic as head gymnastics coach


Paulicivic comes to Ohio State after two seasons as an assistant at Utah


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Meredith Paulicivic, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Utah, has been named women’s gymnastics head coach at Ohio State, Shaun Richard, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Tuesday.


“We are excited to have Meredith be the new leader of our women’s gymnastics program,” Richard said. “Meredith has been an integral part of an elite NCAA program at Utah, along with an elite club program, and we’re looking forward to having her guide our student-athletes to achieve their personal and team goals. Her charisma and passion for the sport are apparent and we’re excited for her vision to guide us into the future.”


A high-level choreographer, Paulicivic recently completed her second season as an assistant at Utah, helping guide the Utes to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a Pac-12 team championship in 2017. As Utah’s primary vault coach, Paulicivic coached Pac-12 vault co-champions Mykayla Skinner and Tiffani Lewis as Skinner went on to become the Fayetteville Regional vault champion and a regular-season All-American.

Meredith Paulicivic (courtesy Arizona Athletics)


“I am thrilled to be named head coach at The Ohio State University,” Paulicivic said. “It’s a prestigious honor to lead this program and opportunities like this do not come around often. I’d like to thank Carey Fagan for reaching out to me about the position and Gene Smith and Shaun (Richard) for hiring me. Everybody was so welcoming during the interview process and I was impressed with the whole department and how supportive the administration is of its coaches, student-athletes and staff. I’m excited to hit the ground running and move forward with my vision.”


At Utah, Paulicivic was the primary vault coach while assisting on balance beam and floor exercise while being responsible for the choreography and music selection on beam and floor. In 2016, Paulicivic helped guide Lewis to the Pac-12 floor championship and Baely Rowe and Makenna Merrell to runner-up floor finishes at Pac-12 Championships as the Utes finished fourth nationally as a team on floor exercise.


“I would like to acknowledge Megan Marsden and Tom Farden, my co-head coaches at Utah, for the opportunity to learn how to run a top team,” Paulicivic added. “I’d also like to thank Dr. Chris Hill, the athletics director at Utah, for hiring me back in 2015 and believing in a former student-athlete.”


Prior to her time at Utah, Paulicivic spent a season as an assistant coach at Arizona, helping the Wildcats to a 17th-place finish nationally, the highest team ranking in over a decade. Paulicivic also was head coach at SCEGA Gymnastics from 2007-14, coaching six U.S. National Team members, including world bronze medalist Rachel Tidd. She spent the previous nine years as assistant coach and head choreographer for floor and beam at SCEGA after a one-year stint as assistant coach at University of California.


As a gymnast at Utah from 1991-94, Paulicivic (nee King), competed on a pair of NCAA Championship teams in 1992 and 1994. Paulicivic was a three-time All-American on vault and a team captain as a senior.


A native of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., Paulicivic graduated from Utah with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science in 1994. Paulicivic and her husband, George, are the parents of two daughters, Blayne and Avery, and a son, Corbin.



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